The M&T Bank Clothesline Festival being held on September 9th & 10th at the Memorial Art Gallery is the last outdoor big-art-bash of the season here in the city. This year, the MAG is celebrating its 61st festival - what an accomplishment!

Without further ado, here is your Official Unofficial (or is it Unofficial Official?) Insider's Guide to the Festival*

Admission is $5

Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester, NY
Ok so, it's not free, it's $5 to get in ($4 if you're a museum member or free for kids 10 and under with an adult). BUT... did you know that five bucks also gives you full access to not only the festival, but also the museum itself? Yes that's right and for the paying adult it's $15 on a normal day to enjoy the museum - so we call that a festival BONUS. And don't forget - the festival is a huge fundraiser for the Gallery helping it to keep all of its incredible programs and exhibitions going year after year.

Painters, Sculptures & all sorts of Makers
Vendor tents at the Clothesline Festival in Rochester, NY

The grounds of the MAG will be be overtaken by over 375 artists following their dream and pursuing their craft. The festival is open to ceramics, jewelry, metal, drawing, painting, photography, glass, digital art, wearable art and more. Now is the time to decorate your house, shop for Christmas, and stock up for birthdays.

Did you know that there is a residency requirement to be in the festival and all exhibitors are New York State residents? It's all LOCAL!

A Library Sale, Music, Dancing, & More
Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester, NY

Inside the Pavilion, the MAG Library will have stacks upon stacks of books for sale. If you're looking for something full of art to add to your collection head inside. Or pop into the Gallery Store to see what's on sale (the Store will also have a large sidewalk sale outside behind the building). Also inside you'll find local dance groups performing in the M&T Bank Ballroom and down in Creative Workshop hands on activities and demos for families (CW will also have a tent setup outside). Outside in the Centennial Sculpture Park will be a lineup of bands. Keep an eye on the festival site or snag a festival brochure when you arrive to find out who will be performing (p.s. The Lonely Ones have already announced their performance).

There will be Food & Stuff
Brown Hound Restaurant at the Memorial Art Gallery

photo courtesy Brown Hound

Food trucks, kettle corn, ice cream, beer, wine, coffee and more. We hear a few of the local favorites will be there including Glen Edith Coffee Roasters, Cheesed and Confused, Daily Refresher, Hal’s Country Kettle Corn, Macarollin’, Nancy’s Fried Dough, Red Osier, the Meatball Truck, Tom Wahls and Tuscan Wood Fired Pizza in back of the museum. Pittsford Farms Dairy  will be near the Prince St. gate; and Brown Hound Downtown (inside the museum) will offer brunch both days. While you’re here, enjoy alcohol provided by Rohrbach Brewing Company; and coffee from Glen Edith Coffee Roasters... you'll just have to find out who else will be there by GOING.

You Can Volunteer

Help the festival be a success - volunteer for just 4 hours and gain free admission into the festival that same day. Find out all of the different areas you can get involved with on the volunteer form.

Let's RECAP:

Outside you'll find: lots and lots of art, food, beverages, bands, the Gallery store sidewalk sale and (hopefully) beautiful weather. Inside you'll find: the museum and store, library book sale, dance performances, Brown Hound and two performances on the Italian Baroque Organ on Sunday if you're lucky enough to catch them.

Sculpture Garden at the Memorial Art Gallery
 Rain or shine, you won't be the only one in line waiting for the gates to open and to get shopping.

Clothesline Fest:
Clothesline Website
Memorial Art Gallery Website
Admission: $5 (includes the Gallery)
Festival Hours: Saturday: 10am-5pm (special member opening 9:30am)
Sunday: 10am-5pm